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Hold The Brush Like A Microphone: Skin Thin–Part Two

Skin thin is both a concept and technique for applying makeup. The technique is that no layer of makeup is thicker than the top layer of your skin. The concept is that when makeup is skin thin it is part of you and not on top of you.

Part Two is all about the Deposit Technique of makeup application and how it applies to skin thin makeup.

The Deposit Technique is primarily for dry makeup products such as eyeshadow and powder.  This makeup application method changes the way the brush is held. It increases the capacity for absolute control with your application.

This technique adheres to all the skin thin makeup rules. The process is orderly and clean.

Rather than brushing product across the skin, gently press the product into the skin. When applying eyeshadow use the flat side of a wide brush. Press the flat side of the brush into the product then gently tap off the excess.  Hold the brush like a microphone with the flat side of the brush parallel to the surface of your skin. Gently yet firmly press the brush exactly where you want the product to go.

Advantages to using the deposit technique

  • Product is delivered to exactly where you want it to go.
  • Product is applied extremely flat so there is no makeup buildup on the skin, thus skin thin.
  • Complete control of the saturation of the pigment of the product. This means the more times you press the product in the same area the more saturated the pigment becomes on the skin giving you complete control of the intensity of the color of the makeup.

Deposit technique is also for translucent powder when setting foundation. By pressing the powder with the flat side of the powder brush and not the tip, both the foundation and the powder are flattened more thinly and the wear time of the makeup is increased.

Beyond the superior advantages to the appearance of your makeup when using the deposit technique it also eliminates the common problems when brushing on powder product to the skin.

Disadvantages to brushing rather than depositing product.

  • Powder product becomes airborne and floats to other parts of the face.
  • Makeup is layered on top of each other creating makeup build up thicker than the skin.
  • Placement of product is compromised as brushing tends to be more general and loses specificity in its placement.

Another great advantage to the deposit technique is how you lift product from the pallet to the brush. When using a brushing technique one usually swirls the brush into the pallet creating a bit of a mess and displacement of the product. When using the deposit technique the brushes is either pressed or rolled onto the products dispersing very little of the product around the packaging.

Although this matters very little in the look of your makeup it does matter in the look of your makeup kit and the waste that accrues over time.

Skin Thin Makeup Video Tutorials

Upcoming in this post series is a focus on new techniques to apply skin thin makeup and be seen more clearly.

Part One – Concept Of Skin Thin Makeup

Part Two – Hold The Brush Like A Microphone (or a wine glass, whichever visual works for you).

Part Three – Fishtail Brushstroke

Part Four – Press & Roll

Come back for the rest of this revealing series on Skin Thin Makeup.

Chris Scott
28th of August, 2019

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CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades. He designed the course and taught Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure everyone has access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare made in the USA. Chris is the author of the International #1 Amazon Bestseller FACE WITH A HEART: MASTERING AUTHENTIC BEAUTY MAKEUP (2014), the COSMETIC COUNTER SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO BUY THE RIGHT SKINCARE AND MAKEUP (2003) and released February 2019, HOW A MAKEUP ARTIST BECOMES A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS.

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